KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters rescued three boys trapped by a rain-swollen Kalihi stream on Saturday. About a dozen kids were swimming in the stream near Kale Place, but with all the heavy rain coming down they soon ran into trouble in the churning water. Most of them managed to get out, and some ran to a nearby church to look for assistance.
"They were just swimming and it got strong and the other three swam to the other side for safety," said a bystander. "They came up for help. My church member came and then that's when I came and as we were looking, there were three of them stuck on the other side."
Fire crews arrived around four o'clock in the afternoon. They set up their gear for the tricky rescue over the fast-flowing water.
"When they come across with the kids, besides getting attached to this high line, they attach the kids to a push-pull system so if one rigging goes down, there's a secondary safety line," explained Capt. Tyler Chan of the Honolulu Fire Department.
One by one, they carefully pulled the young swimmers to safety. The boys were cold, wet, and rattled by the close call. Authorities just hope they learned their lesson.
"From little stream to raging river. Then playing around inside the river can be very bad. Very dangerous. Dangerous for them, the public, and dangerous for firefighters," said Chan.